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Questions tagged [pest-control]

Hacks related to the controlling of pests such as insects and other unwanted creatures.

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How to get rid of a mouse from home

Please suggest possible remedies for mouse entering the house. Does ultrasonic repellent work? Please share your experience. Do home remedies work?
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How to Repel Otters from my Boathouse

Otters are cute. What's not cute is the mess they leave when the come into my boathouse and use the deck (and anything laying on it) as a latrine. It smells like fish and urine. The otters must go. ...
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How to move to a new place, without contaminating it with bedbugs?

I have to live in a dormitory, and I found out, that there are bedbugs here. I reported it to the administration, but they do not care about my problem. They know, that we have no other place to live. ...
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How can I prevent a wasp entering the house?

I leave very high up and yet there are many wasps entering. How do I prevent that?
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How to find vanished medium-sized spider?

So, we had unwanted visit of a spider yesterday. It seems to be a non-adult version of a Tegenaria domestica or similar (trigger warning: pictures in the article). The size was about 3-4cm in diameter,...
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How to find a mosquito in a room that's really good at hiding [duplicate]

I've been trying to kill a certain mosquito in my room for a week now. I always fail to find it. I used every method listed on this and some other websites. Nothing helped. Now my plan is the ...
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Get rid of house fly problem?

I have a problem with flies suddenly. I have been living in my house for almost 20 years and never had a problem with flies. How can I find out where they are coming from and eliminate the source? ...
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How can I get rid of cats?

My previous neighbor started to feed any and every cat that went close to his property, he is no longer around but he didn't take the cats with him. Currently I have like 4 or 5 cats daily messing ...
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How to trap houseflies? (what's the best bait?)

I made a trap by cutting the top off a plastic bottle, inverting it, and put a rotting banana in it. However, not a single fly has gone into the trap for 2 days (and there are flies everywhere). I'm ...
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Cockroaches in a speaker cabinet

I bought a pair of speakers on Craigslist that turned out to have little roaches living inside. Fortunately, I noticed them before any escaped into my apartment, so I took the speakers back to the ...
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How to get rid of ants

Recently my house has had an ant problem. I'm plugged up the holes I think they're coming in from but I still see them wandering around the house and getting into my food. How do I get rid of them ...
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How to get rid of pantry moths?

For the past few months I've had pantry moths in my flat. At first very few but they grew in number. I tried some traps and they catch quite a few but it is not enough. I threw away all my infected ...
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How to be rid of mosquito larvae in bird bath [closed]

I have a birdbath and in the summer it accommodates many mosquitos' eggs. It's concrete, so I would rather not pour it out each time. I also don't want to poison the water as to not harm the birds. I ...
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Killing flies with your bare hands [duplicate]

Are there any seasoned members that can recommend approaches to successfully kill flies with only your bare hands. I am interested with solutions that can help me deal with pesky flies while they're ...
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deter badgers from garden

I have holes in and under my garden fences and whilst I haven't observed it, I believe they've been made by a badger using mine and my neighbours garden as a run. How can I persuade Mr. Badger to take ...
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How to completely be rid of bed bugs

Living in Florida, bed bugs are too regular an occurrence. A visit to a bed bug-friendly environment - such as a hotel, dorm room - or from someone who has them in their home can easily translate to ...
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How can I kill spiders while suffering from arachnophobia?

So i have arachnophobia, so bad that my body will lock up and i black out if there is a spider on me. Now i do live with my parents and it occurred to be today when i freaked out when i saw a ...
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How do I repel bugs from face

I have been doing some weeding recently, because it's summer now, and I really hate it when I sit down to dig something up and every flying insect seems to try to fly into my face. Is there some kind ...
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How to find a mosquito at night? [duplicate]

Recently I'm suffering from a problem: In the middle of the night, a mosquito just keep bzzzing in my ears, but when I move, it stops, but after a minute, it bzzzing again. I've tried using mosquito ...
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Remove ants from honey

I have this bottle of very good honey. I was not able to use more than a few teaspoonfuls in the past few days. Today when I opened the bottle I see small ants have entered the bottle and floating in ...
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How to avoid pigeons eating my dog's food and pooping my car / front yard?

I keep my dog's food and water on my backyard, pigeons eat all his food and drink his water every time they get the chance. My dog stays on the front yard most of the time and whenever he sees pigeons,...
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How can I remove ants from black ingredients?

Many times it happens when something black has been spoiled by ants like black tea leaves and its nearly impossible to separate them. By some suggestions i even tried to spread tea leaves in a sheet ...
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Controlling mold mites

I found a LOT of small white specks moving around on my monitor. I found out they were mold mites, which eat mold and are found near moisture. They are relatives of the dust mite, a common allergen. ...
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How to remove ants from seeds like falooda?

Is there any way to remove tiny red ants from falooda seeds, or urad dal. I have spread the seeds on a paper, but then also they are not going away. How do I get rid of them?
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How to find a spider when there is a spider web?

I have an aircraft model in my bedroom and saw a spider web attached to the wing today. I want to find the spider. How would I best do this?
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

Like many people, I don't wish to receive unsolicited phone calls/texts/emails from people who are trying to sell me something or scam me. I am aware of passive ways of dealing with the problem but I ...
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How to reduce creepy crawly insects in the house?

I don't mind insects but having a spider crawl over my hand while I'm trying to sleep is just ridiculous. I lived in a shared house which is a bit old. I noticed insects including large spiders and ...
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Humane destruction of slugs [closed]

Applying salt to slugs dissolves them, and is cheaper than pellets. Is this humane, or are there preferable techniques?
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How to keep mosquitoes from biting through fabric?

What can I do to keep mosquitoes from biting me through fabric? I have two scenarios in mind. Use case 1: I have applied insect repellant to all areas of exposed skin, but mosquitoes keep biting me ...
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How to permanently banish cockroaches from the house without using any pesticide & not affecting my dog? [duplicate]

These days cockroaches have plundered my house! Cockroaches always hailed in my house but they hardly bothered; two or three could be found under the sink or at the attic. But they have multiplied at ...
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How to remove critters from car?

What could be a good way to remove critters from a car (cockroaches, ants, etc.)? I want to avoid using insecticides, since this will leave an unpleasant odor on the car.
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How to store bananas and keep fruit flies away?

I leave bananas out on the counter, I find them surrounded by fruit flies. I can't put them in the fridge since that causes them to ripen quickly. What other options do I have?
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How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Many times a single mosquito will buzz in my ear at night (and bite me). I know if I kill it there won't be any others, but finding one is difficult.
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How can I get a mouse out the house without causing it any harm?

We recently had a tiny, and utterly adorable, little mouse in our 2nd story apartment. We eventually managed to corner it and get it into a box before releasing it back into the field, but it was hard ...
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How can I relieve the itchiness from a mosquito bite?

I suffer quite regularly from mosquitoes bites in my home because I live in an area with many places well suited for them to breed; Stagnant bodies of water. Are there any quick and easy methods to ...
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How to get rid of mosquitoes without electricity?

In the summer we used to start fans or cooler while sleeping, but sometimes due to some technical issues at night we have no electricity, so our fans and cooler stop working at that time. I am ...
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Lighting for easily spotting mosquitoes?

I can effectively zap mosquitoes with a hand racket zapper once I see them. A LED flashlight in a dark room seems to work best for spotting the mosquitoes while they fly. Can someone recommend better ...
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How to deal with cockroach at home? [duplicate]

Recently, in the past few months, I found and killed some (~4) cockroaches at home, I'm worried that there is actually more cockroaches, I've tried putting Roach Baits in the kitchen, bathroom etc. ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

There are ants in my laptop keyboard again. It's happened before and ended up killing my productivity occasionally as the little critters suddenly show up from within the gaps of the keyboard. I had ...
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Friendly way to get rid of screeching birds

So I live in an apartment building attic and there's a bird nest right outside, on the roof. They probably just hatched eggs because they screech and scream like they're dying all from 05:00 till 08:...
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How can I open the window when it's dark outside without fearing that moths might fly in?

I have a mottephobia and when it's too warm in my room in the night I can't just open the window. My Screen is way too bright. Is there any way to open the window by night and nothing flies in?
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How can I make flying insects leave?

We've probably all been there. You're trying to concentrate when there suddenly... bzzzzzzt you look around and carry on... bzzzzzzt [10ms pause] bzzzzzzzzzt. You decide to get up to check what's ...
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How to get rid of rats in house with/without killing it [closed]

There is small rat in my house I want to get rid of. I have kept poison and rat bone but nothing happened. Any solutions?
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Ant Chalk Cleanup

I read a few articles on Google and this Lifehack post on alternatives for Ant/Bug control. How would I properly clean up ant chalk that has been used on hard wood? I previously used latex gloves, a ...
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Which is the best lure to use on a mousetrap?

A mouse has appeared in my house and is apparently hiding inside the washing machine. I tried to shake it out and turn it on but the little varmint still didn't come out. So now I am going to use a ...
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Eradicate a cockroach infestation

A cockroach infestation has formed in my house a while ago, probably because food was left out and dishes were never done. However for the last few months I have made sure to keep the place clean and ...
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How to stop lizards entering through windows

The very sight of lizards makes me take a stick and drive them out of the windows. I heard if we place egg shells near the windows they repel. But is there any other way we could accomplish this? Due ...
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How to get rid of bandicoot around house

How to get rid of badicoot around the house. There are many bandicoots along the border of our house creating holes and every night they dig lot of mud out around the house. Using poison to kill ...
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How can I prevent spiders coming into my house?

I live in an apartment in a first floor, and in the last few days we noticed two spiders through the hallway. The problem is that these spiders are of a really poisonous kind called Araña de rincón (...
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How can I make squirrels leave my roof without poisoning them?

Some squirrels make noise at night under my roof. How can I make them leave, without resorting to using poison or hurting them?